IE7 Installation via GPO

Posted on 2009-04-15
Last Modified: 2013-12-12
Previously to a few months ago I had the block IE7 install GPO in place for my network (over 100 XP Pro clients).  I unlinked the GPO when I tested IE7 with commonly used websites without any issues.

I am not sure what the percentage of clients received the automatic update & ran through the install wizard of IE7. I have two questions that I haven't found an answer for yet.

1. How can I lookup which clients do not have IE7 installed?
2. How can I force the install of IE7 to the clients who do not have it?
Question by:modulok
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    Is there a reason why you don't use the WSUS?

    With WSUS you could easily determine which computer has IE7 installad and which not.

    If you don't want to use WSUS the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer should also help you to determine the Internet Explorer version on all computers.


    Author Comment

    We don't use WSUS because of cost of another server. If we had over 200 clients it might be justifiable with saving bandwidth but we have about 125. (we also have proxy server that caches some updates)

    I forgot about using the MBSA, I will use that unless anyone has other ideas that are more efficient.

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    With 125 clients you don't need a dedicated server for WSUS, even not for 200...

    In that case you could configure WSUS on one of your servers that it manages the updates, but the clients download the updates from Microsoft or from the cache of the proxy server. That way you would have full control about the updates on your clients and you have the reporting, but you don't have to store the updates on your server(s).

    I don't think that WSUS would affect the performance of your server(s) noticable.

    Author Closing Comment

    I will look into the WSUS when I have time for it. For now the MBSA worked.

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